So bringing in Nabil Fekir is going to take Liverpool a little bit longer than it took them to magically pull Fabinho out of the Anfield cat’s hat. There was a report out of France on Wednesday claiming Liverpool had made a €60M offer to Lyon for Fekir but that bit of news has since been walked back.
Liverpool are still very much interested in Fekir and are preparing to make their move soon for the attacking midfielder, but the thing is there appears to be some business games afoot courtesy of Lyon’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas.
Aulas is said to be perfectly happy to let Fekir move on from Lyon this summer but he would much prefer to wait until after the World Cup when the player’s stock is expected to be climbing. Smell that bidding war.
Michael Edwards is going need some more time to arrange the negotiation bouquet that will entice Lyon to unlock Fekir as soon as possible. A bid and the serious meetings are anticipated sometime next week.
Fekir has also reportedly made known his preference to wrap up any move before the World Cup starts. The France international is Jürgen Klopp’s number one prospect right now and Liverpool will be working all the angles to bring Fekir to Melwood in the next two weeks. That means the club could pay a high premium over Fekir’s £50M value to get the job done early. But the player just might throw a little power around to force the issue, too.
This one won’t be the super clean transfer that Fabinho’s was but Michael Edwards is on the case and working the timeline. Set your clocks for soon. Pictures with Fekir, paragraphs of praise from Klopp. Smiles all around. You can’t beat the magnetism of Liverpool in world football right now.